The past 5 years or so in the Baja have been an incredible run. Being there has allowed me to grow musically at my own pace and without giving up on it all, moving into a hotel lobby, or growing so sick with doubt and cynicism that I couldn't function in the industry. I am hyper sensitive to these things, lots of things. I began to really play there, as a working musician. I got to town as a teacher disenchanted with music, tattered by carelessness, and was able to rediscover a sense of purpose and the discipline in practice and writing that I'd lost while playing in studios and clubs for a few years in Minneapolis. I quit music for about 6 months, but really couldn't, that doesn't work for me, or not playing music does not work for me. So one evening, nervous, I went to what used to be the jazz club in town, Havana's and started playing the simple standards I could remember from college on solo guitar, ended up playing some rock gigs with Jack Sonni and my own trios, was hired out for more jazz (wide definition), and writing all the while. Then in the summer of 2009 I got to meet Steven Bernstein. He changed my life, honestly. Having the chance to play with him, I realized I needed to get my shit together. We did a tour, it went well but I wasn't comfortable with where my playing was at, so I got back to shedding a good number of hours a day. I kept in touch with Steven and keep writing, playing out a lot in Los Cabos, a few shows on the mainland of Mexico, and up in Minneapolis. A year later I had a ton of writing I had done and we needed to make a record, or I needed to, and Bernstein was willing to do it. I was having a hard go at the time with my health and keeping things together. That first A Love Electric record I knew I had to be present for, be alive, coherent, at least marginally stable for. I managed to get it together for that. I got healthier with the help of friends and stayed that way, and passion continues to return, more revealed daily if I can nurture it. Around this time I also started to hang with some of the heavier players in the Baja, a drummer named Pedro Cervera, Roberto Blanco on piano, Nahuel Bailo as well. Each are great jazz players, and I would book trio gigs with them, learn, be humbled, and continue to practice. That much I'm still doing. Over the past year, we've lost some great players in the Baja, as there just isn't much left in terms of creative music opportunities. Its not all the fault of venues, there are less people around, money isscarcer, and artists get cut, and resented, first.

 

Some of my new neighbors doing their thing

 

 

 

Over the past few months, though we've more or less been on tour for a year, I've been making the move to Mexico City, though not really living much of anywhere. I've slept in the Newark, Madrid, and Mexico City airports, a number of loving friends homes and basements, and back at my parents house while not in the Baja at the apartment I've rented for the past few years. The constant change is entertaining and offers plenty to write about, but I need to have a home where friends and other musicians live and thrive. I've come to love it here in Mexico City, due in large part to our band being here, Aaron Cruz, Hernan Hecht, and my roommate Brian Allen. Really driven but loving guys that I adore playing music with. I need a new place to grow as a player and person. I rented a place that came about by chance in Portales Sur, a comfortable working class neighborhood home to many musicians. My apartment is just above Aaron's now, couldn't imagine having nicer neighbors. I got in town yesterday and knocked on his door to say hello and we ended up hanging for quite some time talking music, travel, amateur philosophy.
I hit up the supermarket for some rugs, a TV tray top use as a desk, some candles, and a couple lawn chairs. Its perfect. I spent the night up late in an attack of creativity, writing for hours, and woke up to practice which got back into writing. Its a fun time. Im mighty grateful for my time in the Baja, and look forward to going back frequently to play and see the cats, but this is the right spot for today.


Over the past few months, though we've more or less been on tour for a year, I've been making the move to Mexico City, though not really living much of anywhere. I've slept in the Newark, Madrid, and Mexico City airports, a number of loving friends homes and basements, and back at my parents house while not in the Baja at the apartment I've rented for the past few years. The constant change is entertaining and offers plenty to write about, but I need to have a home where friends and other musicians live and thrive. I've come to love it here in Mexico City, due in large part to our band being here, Aaron Cruz, Hernan Hecht, and my roommate Brian Allen. Really driven but loving guys that I adore playing music with. I need a new place to grow as a player and person. I rented a place that came about by chance in Portales Sur, a comfortable working class neighborhood home to many musicians. My apartment is just above Aaron's now, couldn't imagine having nicer neighbors. I got in town yesterday and knocked on his door to say hello and we ended up hanging for quite some time talking music, travel, amateur philosophy.

I left Aaron's and hit up the supermarket for some rugs, a TV tray top use as a desk, some candles, and a couple lawn chairs as the apartment came unfurnished. Its perfect. I spent last night up late in an attack of creativity, writing for hours, and woke up to practice which got back into writing. Its a fun time. Im mighty grateful for my time in the Baja, and look forward to going back frequently to play and see the cats, but this is the right spot for today.

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Minda Hazini January 10, 2012 @07:24 pm

Genial... Bienvenido, cuasi vecino! No olvides informar de tus presentaciones. Abrazos!!

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